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Cosmopolitan greetings : poems, 1986-1992

Author: Allen Ginsberg
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [1994] ©1994.
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Published on the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Beat Generation - that historic encounter in 1944 in New York City between Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs - Cosmopolitan Greetings is the first new collection of poems from Allen Ginsberg since his highly acclaimed book White Shroud appeared in 1986. In Cosmopolitan Greetings, Ginsberg's ebullient spirit, his compassion, humor,  Read more...
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Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997.
Cosmopolitan greetings.
New York : HarperCollins, c1994
(OCoLC)756430954
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allen Ginsberg
ISBN: 006016770X 9780060167707
OCLC Number: 29428490
Notes: Some poems also set to music.
Description: xviii, 118 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface : Improvisation in Beijing --
Prologue : Visiting father & friends --
You don't know it --
On the conduct of the world seeking beauty against government --
Hard labor --
Velocity of money --
Sphincter --
Spot anger --
London dream doors --
Cosmopolitan greetings --
Fifth Internationale --
Europe, who knows? --
Graphic winces --
Imitation of K.S. --
I went to the movie of life --
When the light appears --
On cremation of Chogyam Trungpa, Vidyadhara --
Nanao --
Personals ad --
Proclamation --
To Jacob Rabinowitz --
Grandma Earth's song --
Salutations to Fernando Pessoa --
May days 1988 --
Numbers in U.S. file cabinet --
Return of Kral Majales --
Elephant in the meditation hall --
Poem in the form of a snake that bites its tail --
Mistaken introductions --
CIA dope calypso --
N.S.A. dope calypso --
Just say yes calypso --
Hum bom! --
Supplication for the rebirth of the Vidyadhara --
After the big parade --
Big eats --
Not dead yet --
Yiddishe kopf --
John --
A thief stole this poem --
lunchtime --
Deadline dragon comix --
After Lalon --
Get it? --
Angelic black holes --
Research --
Put down your cigarette rag --
Violent collaborations --
Calm panic campaign promise --
Now and forever --
Who eats who? --
The charnel ground --
Everyday --
Fun house antique store --
News stays news --
Autumn leaves --
In the Benjo --
American sentences.
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Published on the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Beat Generation - that historic encounter in 1944 in New York City between Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs - Cosmopolitan Greetings is the first new collection of poems from Allen Ginsberg since his highly acclaimed book White Shroud appeared in 1986. In Cosmopolitan Greetings, Ginsberg's ebullient spirit, his compassion, humor, playfulness, and candor are as refreshing as ever. These are poems from the autumn years of his life, a time of extensive activity and engagement for the public figure and a period of reflection and meditation for the Buddhist. The poet confronts evil in the world - the ravages of government, dictators, and the CIA; the wanton destruction of natural resources and of our planet; the suffering of the persecuted, the victims of war - and he does it fearlessly and with passion. Death lurks around the corners of these poems, but Ginsberg's zest for life remains undiminished. His search for love is as poignant, funny, and energetic as his attempt to understand why he writes poetry. There is a wonderful balance in this collection between memory and desire. Ginsberg's ardent pursuit of younger lovers alternates with his poignant revisiting of family, friends, and scenes from his earlier days. Cosmopolitan Greetings demonstrates a variety of poetic style and voice. Some of the poems here have dance rhythms; others are song lyrics, and some are accompanied by sheet music on the facing page. There's even an original comic strip - "Deadline Dragon Comix" - in which Ginsberg's publisher is gently taken to task for pressuring the poet about deadlines. The poems in Cosmopolitan Greetings are vintage Allen Ginsberg; fresh, hopeful, full of humanity and soul in the face of the darkness of our times.

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Written as he reached the significant age of 65, this book shows Ginsberg's continuing characteristic experimentalism, candor, humor, and political commitment shot throught with a heightened sense of mortality and the transience of all things. The experimentalism is exemplified by the inclusion...
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